Airs Thursday, August 292 8 p.m. ** Special Note: Cedar Walton passed away this week. This is one of his final performances at the Savannah Music Festival. Part two will air next Thursday night at 8 p.m. ** Even though you can't pack it in your hand luggage as you might a guitar, fiddle or flute, the piano opens up the entire world of music because it can translate the full range of harmony of orchestral and choral scores. There is no substitute for the visceral quality of a Steinway in full flow, with its ability to move instantly from the highly percussive to the warmly lyrical. Every year or two we produce an original concert entitled "Piano Showdown", which brings together four pianists who have spent most of their careers playing jazz. This two part program was recorded at the 2012 Savannah Music Festival and features pianists Cedar Walton, Kenny Barron, Aaron Diehl and Kevin Bales.
Airs Monday, August 26 at 9 p.m. We remember host Marian McPartland with a memorial program. For more than thirty years, composer and pianist Marian McPartland brought jazz into the homes of public radio listeners through her interviews and duets with some of the greatest musicians in the world. She composed piano pieces that have entered the jazz repertoire and songs—with lyrics by such stars as Johnny Mercer, Sammy Cahn, and Peggy Lee—that are considered part of the Great American Songbook. This program is hosted by Marian's longtime friend Murray Horowitz and features Marian's original compositions and musical collaborations with Sarah Vaughan, Karrin Allison, Thad Jones, Elvis Costello, and more.
Airs Thursday, August 8 at 8 p.m. On paper, it wouldn't appear that the mixture of a traditional New Orleans jazz group and a classic bluegrass band on the same stage would make for a musical extravaganza. But when the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band decided to make a recording and follow it up with a national tour, the result was the essence of the term "Americana". In this episode, we listen to a seamless blend of soul-lifting traditional harmonies as the high and lonesome sound of the Appalachians comes together with the hot and lively jazz of New Orleans.
Airs Tuesday, August 6 at 9 p.m. The world lost Abbey Lincoln (Aminata Moseka) in 2010, but her enduring legacy as jazz artist is still very much with us. To commemorate what would have been her 83rd birthday on August 6th of this year, Peabody Award Winning Producer Jim Luce teams up with Abbey’s pianist Marc Cary to produce a moving tribute. Marc Cary’s new release, “For the Love of Abbey” (on Motema Records) interprets Abbey’s music in moving and emotional renditions on solo piano. We also hear many tunes from Abbey’s earlier recordings. In her lifetime she recorded with many jazz luminaries that included Max Roach, Bobby Hutcherson, Kenny Baron, Jack Dejohnette, Steve Coleman, Archie Shepp, Pat Metheny, Dizzy Gillespie, Victor Lewis and more.
Airs Thursday, July 11 at 8 p.m. Throughout a lifetime of performing and composing, Edgar Meyer has turned the double bass into a modern virtuoso instrument that is equally at home in classical music and in the American vernacular. Mandolin master Mike Marshall has been blending genres in acoustic music for more than 30 years, performing and recording with players in bluegrass, classical, jazz and Brazilian music - so it's no surprise that Marshall and Meyer have developed a fully realized concept of the mandolin/bass duo, presenting a repertoire that spans the globe. Tune in for highlights from their 2012 performance in the Charles H. Morris Center at the 2012 Savannah Music Festival.